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Police directing people who gathered outside of a police station in Port au Prince on July 8. Photo: Valerie Baeriswyl/AFP via Getty Images

A U.S. delegation traveled to Haiti on Sunday to meet with the country's acting prime minister and national police force amid unrest following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on July 7, the White House announced Monday.

Why it matters: The visit came after Haitian authorities requested troops from the U.S. to help stabilize the country and protect its critical infrastructure. The Pentagon has not yet made a decision, but spokesperson John Kirby said Sunday the U.S. is "analyzing" the request.

  • The delegation included members of the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State and National Security Council.

What they're saying: The purpose of the meeting with acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph and Prime Minister-Designate Ariel Henry was to "encourage open and constructive dialogue to reach a political accord that can enable the country to hold free and fair elections," the White House said.

  • "The delegation reviewed the security of critical infrastructure with Haitian government officials and met with the Haitian National Police, who are leading the investigation into the assassination."
  • "In all their meetings the delegation committed to supporting the Haitian government as it seeks justice in this case and affirmed the United States’ support for the people of Haiti in this challenging time."

The big picture: Haiti police so far has detained at least 18 suspects as part of its investigation into Moïse's assassination.

  • Several of the suspects are former members of the Columbia's military, and at least three are Haitian Americans with ties to the U.S.

Go deeper: Psaki says U.S. "stands ready" to support Haiti in wake of assassination

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Harris, Mayorkas voice horror at footage of Border Patrol whipping at migrants

Photo: Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty Images

Members of the Biden administration are condemning footage that shows U.S. Border Patrol agents whipping at and charging horses at migrants in Del Rio, CNN reports.

Why it matters: Over the weekend, the Biden administration began cracking down on the thousands of Haitian migrants who have sought refuge in Del Rio in the hope of seeking asylum. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched an investigation into the Border Patrol incident after it drew backlash online.

By the numbers: Haitian emigration

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Data: CBP; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

The number of Haitians crossing the U.S.-Mexico border had been rising even before their country's president was assassinated in July and the island was struck by an earthquake a month later.

Why it matters: A spike during the past few weeks — leaving thousands waiting in a makeshift camp under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas — has prompted a crackdown and deportations by the Biden administration.

Federal Reserve scales back expectations for economic recovery as Delta variant weighs

Fed chair Jerome Powell during a congressional hearing last year. (Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The Fed downgraded near-term expectations for the economy and the labor market, alongside hotter-than-expected inflation, in new estimates out on Wednesday.

Why it matters: It's the first time those closely-watched estimates reflect impact from the delta variant that's already rattled the labor market. Still, Fed chairman Jerome Powell said enough progress has been made to begin to pull back emergency-era measures that have supported the economy.